Hope. A huge word at a time when it is needed more than ever. As part of our work we spend a lot of time reading about legislation, workforce trends, employee engagement, etc. However, if we really think about what our employees need more than ever in 2021 it is hope. Hope that things will get better. Hope that “normalcy” will return. Hope for their jobs, families, schools, country.
As leaders, especially ones dealing with all the same stressors (not to mention worries about keeping the doors open), it is often easy to forget or put on the back burner our roles in providing hope to our employees. Whether you call this morale, engagement, caring…pick your own words. Regardless of the name, the key is to truly convey a sense of caring and community, not empty promises.
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King today, remember the hope conveyed by his words and actions. As bad as things may seem today, we would be hard pressed to claim things are worse than the challenges he faced. Yet through it all he was a beacon of hope and an example for us all.
Our challenge as leaders is to emulate Dr. King and become beacons of hope for our employees and their families. Take up that challenge and make a difference.
Chris Thomas, SHRM-SCP is the Principal Consultant with The CTCS Group in Canton, GA. The CTCS Group is focused on providing HR Leadership, Behavioral Assessments, and Consulting to help small businesses grow and thrive. You can subscribe to this blog or request a free consultation at www.thectcsgroup.com.